OCAD U Photography Program

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Month: August 2015 (page 2 of 2)

Congratulations Genevieve Blais!

Genevieve Blais. Departure. 2014. Photographic C-Print. 50 x 25". 2/5, 2 AP.

Genevieve Blais. Departure. 2014. Photographic C-Print. 50 x 25″. 2/5, 2 AP.

Congratulations to 2015 OCAD U Photo Program graduate  Genevieve Blais, for her inclusion in the upcoming exhibition:

Curated by Troy Brooks

The exhibition runs August 14 – 28 at The Redhead Gallery and features to work of Troy Brooks, Genevieve Blais, Marjorie Campbell, Yang Cao, Christopher Hayes, Stepahnie MacLean, Paul Saari, and Kyle Stewart.  The gallery is open Tuesday- Sunday from 11am – 6 pm.

BIO: Genevieve Blais is a photo-based artist earning great praise for her work involving art historical and theoretical narratives. The artist’s twisted representation of familiar subject matter characterizes her fantasy world. Her captivating yet sinister work draws on themes of sexuality, mortality and symbolism.

Blais’ works have been commissioned by national institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Center, exhibited nationally and featured on a range of publications across mediums from Beautiful/Decay, the Today Show to Photo+ in Korea. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Course Spotlight: Professional Practice

Course Spotlight: CROS 3001- Professional Practice

This course will be a great chance to build your knowledge of what is possible for your personal work and other career goals, allowing you to form directions and goals for your practice both in and out of the studio.
The class uses many formats including lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and group discussions on varied practices. It also features many guest speakers and site visits we have from artists, curators, writers, gallerists, residency facilitators, etc. who you can meet and have one-on-one discussions with.

Start making connections and GET OUT THERE!

Fall 2015: Fridays at 11:50
Faculty: Derek Liddington & Jennie Suddick

Winter 2016: Fridays at 3:10
Faculty: Michelle Forsyth & Meera Margaret Singh


Check out the course description and if you have any questions about the course, or just want to know more email jsuddick@faculty.ocadu.ca

Canadian Art Encounters: International Artists Series

Please take a minute and look over these very exciting Artist Lectures happening in the city this fall.  More information and ticket sales can be found here, http://canadianart.ca/internationalseries/



Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun—a spoof video game that includes a Deutsche Bank predator drone and a YouTube dance star—was one of the most talked about works at this year’s Venice Biennale. Steyerl is a leading voice in the age of mass surveillance and omnipresent media technology. One of the most critically acclaimed artists in the field of video, she is a distinguished writer and speaker whose practice reveals our shared implication in the battlefield of the image.

Born in Munich, Germany, Steyerl is currently a professor of New Media at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been shown internationally, with a recent survey exhibition at Artists Space in New York.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Janice Kerbel is internationally renowned for her playful and inventive use of existing systems of information to create what she terms “strategies of deception.” Her work takes the form of elaborate instructions, theatrical and radio plays, detective stories, maps and scientific diagrams, all of which turn familiar narrative formats into new and fantastical realities. From producing an exhaustively researched manual for robbing a branch of a London Bank for Bank Job in 1999 to her “play for stage lights” as the sole means to present a dramatic narrative, Kerbel will have you wondering what is blank, what is missing and what needs to be filled in.

Kerbel was born in Toronto, and lives and works in London, UK, where she also teaches at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited internationally, and is currently nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize.



Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Taryn Simon’s work results from rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy and the precarious nature of survival. Combining photography, text and graphic design, her conceptual projects address the production and circulation of knowledge and the politics of representation. Simon’s images and texts reveal the invisible space between language and the visual world—a space in which multiple truths and fantasies are constructed, and where translation and disorientation continually occur. In her work, history—its classifications, its contents—seems the stuff of projection.

Simon was born in New York, where she currently lives and works. Her work was most recently shown in a solo exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Annual Fundraising Photography Auction – Accepting Student Submissions!!!


Submit to RMG Exposed 2015!

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Annual Fundraising Photography Auction

Calling all artists!

Submit your photographs to RMG Exposed for your chance to win great prizes, while supporting The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Proceeds from RMG Exposed support education and community programming at the RMG, while helping to increase awareness of contemporary photography. For submission inquiries please contact Sonya Jones, Associate Curator at sjones@rmg.on.ca


  • Tuesday 30 June – Online applications open at rmgexposed.ca/apply/
  • Sunday 20 September by 11:59 pm – Deadline for all submissions
  • Friday 25 September – All applicants will be notified of their status via email
  • Thursday 8 October before 9:00 pm – Deadline for selected works to be delivered to the RMG
  • Saturday 14 November – RMG Exposed begins at 7pm at the RMG


  • Ryan Cleary, Publisher, snapd Oshawa
  • Natalie Spagnol, Administrative and Curatorial Assistant, Ryerson Image Centre
  • Russell Styles, Photographer

2015 Artist Prizes

  • Emerging Photographer Award: Spring 2016 Solo Exhibition Project at the RMG during the Contact Photography Festival.
  • Photojournalism/Documentary Prize: Portfolio review. Supported by Stephen Bulger Gallery.
  • Landscape/Nature Prize: Portfolio Review. Supported by ArtBarrage.
  • Architecture/Urban Prize: $300 cash prize. Supported by Nick Swerdfeger Architects.
  • Conceptual/Non-Representational Prize: $300 cash prize. Supported by Waddingtons.
  • Best Youth Prize: $200 gift card to Robert Aldsworth Photo World. Supported by Robert Aldsworth Photo World.
  • Community Choice Award: $300 cash prize. Supported by Snapd Oshawa. Awarded to a photograph selected as a finalist in the silent auction as voted by attendees at RMG Exposed.

For more information and to apply please visit rmgexposed.ca

About the RMG

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is a vibrant, engaging public art gallery located in Oshawa’s civic centre between City Hall and the McLaughlin Public Library. The largest gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,500 works, and four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, the RMG holds a significant collection of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art, and the largest collection of works by Painters Eleven in Canada.



4th Year Elective Update

Fall 4th year Photo elective Digital Intensive: The Photo Book (PHOT 4008) has been moved from Monday to Thursday at 11:50.  This course no longer conflicts with any 4th year courses!

Spots are still available in this class, enroll quickly while there is still room!


Through the digital production of composites, layouts and bookworks, students will put into practice concepts of sequencing learned in previous courses. Students will develop essential production skills primarily utilizing Adobe InDesign, enabling them to design and produce a series of projects.  Presentations will also cover contemporary artists who use digital media within their photographic practice. The objectives of this course centre around the digital production of publications, with an introduction to layout software using Adobe InDesign leading to printed output in a variety of formats. This will not be a comprehensive course in design and book production related to offset publication, but it will touch on some general design principles and provide a working knowledge for further exploration. A workshop structure will be used with open-ended projects allowing each person to work within their own conceptual framework.

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